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Fourth Annual

Fall GIS Seminar

in Spokane, WA

October 29-30th, 2019



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Presenter Bios

TJ Abbenhaus graduated with a MA in Geography for the University of Montana. He has been with Esri for 12 Years in a variety of roles. Currently, works with local governments in Washington as a Solution Engineer for the Olympia Region.

John Sharrard is currently GIS Solutions Engineer for Esri . He has been working in the GIS field for 30 years. The first seven years were with the State Of Oregon and the last twenty-one years have been with Esri. John concentrates on Web GIS, 3D GIS, Local Government, Land Records, and Transportation solutions. John is a graduate from the GeoScience program at Oregon State University. 

Joanne Markert is the Washington State Geographic Information Officer.  She has over 20 years’ experience as a GIS practitioner in the public and private sectors, including being a GIS instructor.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Environmental Studies.   She started her career in GIS at the Washington Department of Natural Resources.  She then worked in consulting for 17 years on a variety of GIS/IT projects before returning to lead the Geospatial Program for the Washington Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Mike McGuire is the founder Ascent GIS Inc. He has over 25 year’s background in GIS, aerial imagery & remote sensing technologies.   Prior to launching Ascent GIS Inc., he was the GIS manager for PacifiCAD Inc.


Seminar Agenda


8:00 Registration

Morning Workshop

8:30 – 11:30   Migration to ArcGIS Pro Presenters: TJ Abbenhaus and John Sharrrad, Esri.

ArcGIS Pro is the next generation professional desktop GIS application from Esri. With ArcGIS Pro, you can visualize, edit, and analyze your geographic data in both 2D and 3D. In this ½ day technical workshop you will explore resources for learning ArcGIS Pro, how to migrate your work from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro, the Solutions Deployment Tool and The importance of ArcGIS Pro to the ArcGIS Platform and the road ahead for Esri software development.

For further information on ArcGIS Pro:

Knowledge, equipment, and software/accounts needed to successfully participate in the Migration to ArcGIS Pro Workshop.

  • ·         A computer running Windows, Mac or Linux, with wifi enabled that can connect to the Internet.
  • ·         ArcGIS Pro installed.
  • ·         TJ Abbenhaus will have temporary Pro licenses for you if you don’t have it installed.

**** 11:30 to 1:00 – Lunch on your Own

Afternoon Workshops

1:00 – 1:30 Washington Statewide Geospatial Activities

Presenter Joanne Markert:  Washington State Geographic Information Officer

This is an exciting time to be a GIS professional.  The opportunities to involve more people in harnessing the power of where are growing exponentially with the tools we have available.  This presentation will provide a snapshot of what the state has been working on this past year as well as glimpses into what 2020 is likely to bring.

1:30 to 4:00 ArcGIS Mobile Solutions Presenters: TJ Abbenhaus and John Sharrrad, Esri.

Modernize your field workflows and power your enterprise with ArcGIS apps.  Whether you need to manage a mobile workforce or monitor real-time emergencies, learn how to improve field-to-office workflows by leveraging Esri’s field mobility apps to collect data, ask questions, manage operations, and boost efficiency.

Knowledge, equipment, and software/accounts needed to successfully participate in the ArcGIS Mobile Solutions.

·  No previous knowledge of ArcGIS is required.

·  A computer running Windows, Mac or Linux, with wifi enabled that can connect to the Internet. You can download Survey123 Connect from  or plan on using the Web designer on browser on your lap top.

·  A smartphone or tablet loaded with the Survey123 and Collector for ArcGIS mobile application installed. You can download Survey123 and Collector for ArcGIS from the iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon app stores.

·  A login to an ArcGIS Online organizational account with Publisher rights. If you do not have access to an ArcGIS Online organizational account, please contact TJ Abbenhaus at .

·  One or more paper forms that you will use to create a digital smart form using Survey123 or a field data collection workflow for Collector.

·  Basically you should have a log in if you want build something you can use when you get back home. 

·  If not we will build the Damage assessment collector application.

4:00 to 5:00 ArcGIS Urban Presenters: TJ Abbenhaus and John Sharrrad, Esri.


ArcGIS Urban is an immersive 3D experience designed to improve urban planning and decision-making. Quickly visualize projects in your local context and leverage location intelligence to drive better decisions. Be more proactive and less reactive in your planning process. Simplify project collaboration across internal agencies and public stakeholders.

·  No previous knowledge of ArcGIS is required.


8:30 Registration

8:45 WA URISA Welcome/update (20 min) Presenter: Ian Von Essen, WAURISA Board Member

9:00-10:30  ArcGIS Platform Update (Esri)  Presenter: TJ Abbenhaus Esri.

Update on Esri platform as well as discussion on focused solutions like ArcGIS Indoors, ArcGIS Urban and ArcGIS Hub. We will also discuss Esri solutions site and  how local governments can leverage Esri built solutions to meet business objectives.

10:30 – 11:00 Federal Imagery & LIDAR Program Updates  Presenter: Mike McGuire: Ascent GIS

The United States Government has two content programs GIS professionals should monitor every year; the USDA/FSA National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) and the USGS 3D Elevation Program. (3DEP) Both federal agencies provide GIS organizations with aerial imagery and depending on your geography LiDAR data sets at little or no cost. Both programs have realized several changes in the last few years which will be discussed during this presentation.



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